Judging by Appearances

Judging by Appearances

Shabbat Tazria 5779, 6th April 2019

Some of you may have seen the striking Mothercare advertisements which have appeared on billboards recently.

Creativity and Responsibility

Creativity and Responsibility

Shabbat Pikudei 5779, 9th March 2019. Czech Scroll Shabbat

What is the role of ritual?

What is the role of ritual?

Tetzaveh 5779

If last week’s sidra felt full of irrelevant details, then this week’s sidra feels even more so.

The Development of Women’s Rights

The Development of Women’s Rights

Shabbat Mishpatim 5779, 2nd February 2019

This week’s Torah reading might seem a strange place to start talking about women’s rights.

Why do we still have an Ark in our Synagogues?

Why do we still have an Ark in our Synagogues?

Shabbat Terumah 5779, 9th February 2019

When school children come to visit our Synagogue they are enthralled by the ark.

The Love of God and Israel - Shavuot

The Love of God and Israel - Shavuot

Hosea, whose words we read in our Haftarah today, is at once one of the most troubling and the most sympathetic of the prophets.

Beyond Numbers

Beyond Numbers

Shabbat Naso 5774,  30th May 2015

In Dicken’s Hard Times, Mr. Gradgrind famously taught this definition of a horse: ‘Quadruped. Graminivorous.

Behaalot'cha -The Graves of Desire

Behaalot'cha -The Graves of Desire

In this week’s Sidra, we are introduced to a place called Kivrot ha’Ta-avah.  The name means something like: ‘the graves of desire.’

Priests and Healthcare

Priests and Healthcare

Sidra Metzora (Leviticus 14-15) 

We don’t often read the beginning of our Sidra.  It seems remote, distasteful even, to read these accounts of curious skin diseases which the High Priest was supposed to examine.

Vayeishev - What Joseph lacked

Vayeishev - What Joseph lacked

Shabbat Vayeishev 5774 – What Joseph lacked

Joseph is an intriguing character. The last 13 chapters of the book of Genesis are devoted to him - more than anyone else in the Genesis.